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Legal Statutes: Delaware

UPDATED April 12, 2017

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Subpart E. Kidnapping and Related Offenses

back to top§ 783A. Kidnapping in the first degree; class B felony

A person is guilty of kidnapping in the first degree when the person unlawfully restrains another person with any of the following purposes:

(1) To hold the victim for ransom or reward; or

(2) To use the victim as a shield or hostage; or

(3) To facilitate the commission of any felony or flight thereafter; or

(4) To inflict physical injury upon the victim, or to violate or abuse the victim sexually; or

(5) To terrorize the victim or a third person; or

(6) To take or entice any child less than 18 years of age from the custody of the child's parent, guardian or lawful custodian;

and the actor does not voluntarily release the victim alive, unharmed and in a safe place prior to trial.

Kidnapping in the first degree is a class B felony.
59 Laws 1974, ch. 547, § 5; 66 Laws 1988, ch. 398, § 2; 67 Laws 1989, ch. 130, § 8; 70 Laws 1995, ch. 186, § 1, eff. July 10, 1995; 77 Laws 2009, ch. 148, § 36, eff. July 10, 2009.